Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2022, TAB Estonia, Recycling Socialism, Symposium, Exhibition
Tallinn Architecture Biennale, Estonia : TAB
Estonian Architectural Event – Kadriorg Palace, including Archive Material
27 March 2022
Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2022
Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2022 Vision Competition winner will transform the largest district in Tallinn
Tallinn Architecture TAB 2022 Winner News
The winner of the TAB 2022 vision competition “CIRCULAR BLOCK: Reinventing the Mikrorayon” is the project with the keyword DEC_LAANA. The winning work proposed a fundamental change to the living environment of Lasnamäe over a 40-year period involving the old buildings being demolished step by step. The pace of the change will depend on the newly planted forest growth cycle.
The second and third places in the Lasnamäe-themed vision competition were won by entries with the keywords SNSN2022 (super neighbour) and Bio-edible Tallinn 2030, respectively. The competition received a total of 36 entries from around the world. Currently, only the keywords of the winning works are being made public. The designers and more detailed visions will be announced during the opening week of TAB 2022 in September. The main theme of TAB 2022 is “Edible; Or, The Architecture of Metabolism” and the biennale is curated by Areti Markopoulou (Spain) and Lydia Kallipoliti (USA).
This year’s vision competition examined the ability of architecture to convert waste into energy through recycling activities on both micro and macro scales, focusing on Lasnamäe, the largest district in Tallinn. The main task of the participants was to propose solutions for the Lasnamäe district and its buildings, in order to form a well-integrated system that takes into account the needs of the inhabitants of the district. The challenges of Lasnamäe, which have not been significantly affected by urban planning in the last few decades, are the monotony and scarcity of living typologies, low level of urbanity and obsoleteness of both outdoor and indoor spaces.
Jury member Winy Maas, who is Founding Partner MVRDV explained that the key and the beauty of the winning project is its gradual approach. „The vision for Lasnamae to transition into a complete wooden green and mixed neighborhood,“ said Maas.
The authors of DEC_LAANA are invited to present their project at the TAB 2022 symposium. The works envisioning the future of Lasnamäe can be seen at the exhibition to be opened as part of TAB 2022. The jury noted an additional seven entries with the keywords VR751A60, Generative Productive Module, 13553313, UNFNSHD01, Life_with_circular, 621919 and Nextdoor.
The international jury included Winy Maas (MVRDV, The Netherlands), Kaidi Põldoja (Head of the Tallinn Strategic Planning Services and Competence Centre for Spatial Planning, Estonia), Benedetta Tagliabue (Miralles Tagliabue EMBT, Spain), Toomas Tammis (ArhitektuuriAgentuur and Allianss Arhitektid OÜ, Estonia) and Veronia Valk-Siska (Ministry of Culture, Estonia).
Photo of the winning project. Photo credits: TAB 2022, DEC_LAANA
The international vision competition of the Tallinn Architecture Biennale has been one of the most important parts of the main programme since the first Tallinn Architecture Biennale. The initial tasks of the vision competition are set in cooperation with the city of Tallinn and each time focus on a specific area or problem in Tallinn. The vision competition of the 2015 biennale focused on solutions for Viru Square; in 2013 architects were invited to think about the future of the Väike-Õismäe district; the 2017 vision competition focused on the potential of the new urban environment of Tallinn’s Paljassaare Peninsula, while in 2019, a future view of the integrated living environment of the eastern part of Kopli was sought.
The curators of the Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2022 are Areti Markopoulou (Spain) and Lydia Kallipoliti (USA) and the main theme this year is “Edible; Or, The Architecture of Metabolism”. The advisor on the Estonian side is Ivan Sergejev.
More information: www.tab.ee
Tallinn Architecture Biennale (TAB) is an international architecture and urban planning festival which addresses current issues in architecture and looks to the future of the field. The programme for TAB is intended for top leaders in the field as well as young professionals and those interested in architecture. TAB promotes synergies and the creation of contact networks between Estonian and foreign architects. The biennale consists of five main events: a curated exhibition, a symposium and the vision competition for Tallinn curated by the chief curators, as well as an installation programme and an exhibition for architecture schools. Tallinn Architecture Biennale is organised by the Estonian Centre for Architecture.
Tallinn Architecture Biennale is supported by Thermory, Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Enterprise Estonia, Ministry of Culture, Onassis Culture, The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), Friendship Products, British Council, Estonian Association of Architects, Estonian Musem of Architecture, the Urban Planning Department of Tallinn, Visit Estonia, Tallink Hotels, Velux, Ruukki, Laufen and the Estonian Academy of Arts.
Instagram: @tallinnarchitecturebiennale Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TallinnArchitectureBiennale
Hashtags: #TAB2022 #Edible #TallinnArchitectureBiennale
25 May 2020
Tallinn Architecture Biennale TAB postponed until 2022
The Estonian Centre for Architecture has announced that the next year’s 6th edition of Tallinn Architecture Biennale (TAB) has been postponed until 2022. The ongoing curatorial competition for the next biennale will continue with the same deadline 29th of May 2020.
Organisers of the TAB, which is considered the region’s biggest international architecture and urban planning festival, announced the decision to postpone TAB until 2022 due to the postponement of the XVII Venice Architecture Biennale as well as the uncertain times that international cultural events are facing because of the coronavirus outbreak. ”The peculiar times we live in has given us an extra year for the organisers and the head curator to prepare for the upcoming edition of TAB.
This ensures enough time for a high quality theme and a comprehensive programme. We hope that the teams who are participating in the curatorial competition understand the decision and are ready to contribute also in 2022, ” says Raul Järg, the Director of Estonian Centre for Architecture.
The postponement will not affect the ongoing competition for the next head curator or the deadline for developing the concept of the biennale and submitting the corresponding draft in writing, which is on 29 May 2020 4PM Estonian time. The competition is held in 2 stages. Stage I consists of submitting the competition project in writing and stage II is an oral presentation of the project in front of a jury.
The I stage jury meeting will take place on the 10th of June, after which the 5 finalists together with the date for the II jury meeting will be announced. Final results will be announced in August 2020.
The competition jury will consider the announcement taking place only a week before the competition deadline, therefore will not assume any changes nor updates in the submitted proposals in the subject to the new dates of TAB.
The task of the curator is to set up an innovative and responsive theme related to the context of Estonia and relevant in the contemporary world of architecture. The jury will also evaluate the topic’s potential to cross the international news threshold and raise interest in a wider cultural audience.
The competition jury is composed by: Villem Tomiste (Head of TAB Committee, Head of the Jury), Raul Järg (Director of the Estonian Centre for Architecture), Veronika Valk- Siska (Ministry of Culture, Adviser (Architecture and Design), Liina Soosaar (assistant to the curator of TAB 2019), Tiit Trummal (architect), Epp Lankots (Estonian Academy of Arts, Senior Researcher), Johan Tali (architect).
TAB 2022 Curatorial Competition brief can be downloaded here: TAB 2022 Curatorial Competition brief.
TAB 2017 curatorial exhibition “Anthropocene Island” at the Museum of Estonian Architecture. Curated by Claudia Pasquero, designed by ecoLogicStudio:
photo : NAARO
The Tallinn Architecture Biennale is an international architecture and urban planning festival with a diverse programme that promotes architectural culture. TAB encourages synergy between Estonian and foreign architects, as well as between architects and the general public by way of creating contacts and exchanging ideas.
The core programme consists of five main events: A Curatorial Exhibition, a Symposium and the Tallinn Vision Competition, all curated by TAB Head Curator, plus an International Architecture Schools’ Exhibition and the Installation Programme. Moreover, the official programme is accompanied by a diverse Satellite Programme, which consists of exhibitions, lectures, installations, architectural film projections and other events spread around the city. Tallinn Architecture Biennale is organised by the Estonian Centre for Architecture.
LinkedIn: TAB Tallinn Architecture Biennale
19 Mar 2020
Tallinn Architecture TAB 2021 News
Tallinn Architecture TAB 2021 Curatorial Competition public briefing POSTPONED
Due to the current coronavirus outbreak the organisers have decided to Postpone the TAB 2021 public briefing (initially to be held on March 20th) to 9th of April 2020
TAB 2021 public briefing will be organised as an online event and will be streamed live on TAB Facebook page.
Please keep an eye on TAB website as we post further details and instructions soon. The public briefing will introduce TAB as an architecture festival, the terms andconditions of the curatorial competition and the recommended themes for the Tallinn Vision Competition.
Stay safe and healthy!
Estonian Centre for Architecture announces the curatorial competition for the 6th international Tallinn Architecture Biennale TAB 2021. Tallinn Architecture Biennale (TAB) is an international architecture festival which addresses relevant issues in architecture and delves into the present and the future of the field. TAB is intended for both experienced and young architects as well as members of the general public interested in architecture.
Deadline: 4pm on 27 April 2020 Estonian time +2GMT.
TAB Curatorial Competition Brief
TAB 2021 will take place from September to November and will consist of a main programme led by the head curator and a satellite programme led by co-curators.
7 Sep 2018
Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2019 Vision Competition
Open Call for “New Habitats, New Beauties”
TAB 2019, that will take place on 11 September – 3 November 2019 with the Opening Week on 11-15 September 2019, is dedicated to the theme “Beauty Matters: the Resurgence of Beauty“ and it is curated by Israeli-born and London-based architect and researcher Dr. Yael Reisner
Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2019 Vision Competition
13 Apr 2018
Tallinn Architecture Biennale Curator
Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2019 Curator Open Call
Thw Estonian Centre of Architecture announced the curatorial competition for the 5th international Tallinn Architecture Biennale (TAB) 2019.
TAB is an architecture festival with a diverse international programme that fosters synergies between architecture and the general public, introduces the local architecture culture, addresses relevant issues in architecture and delves into the future of the field. TAB 2019 will take place in September and October 2019, with the opening week in September.
The aim of the TAB 2019 curatorial competition is to find an innovative and responsive theme related to the context of Estonia and relevant in the contemporary world of architecture. The task of the curator is to provide the main theme of the biennale and to come up with the concept for the curated exhibition, the vision competition and the symposium.
The deadline for developing the concept of the biennale and submitting the corresponding draft in writing is April 24 at 4PM (+3 UTC) 2018. TAB Curatorial Competition brief can be downloaded from HERE. Additional materials such as the interview with the previous head curator Claudia Pasquero and an information sheet with Q&A can be downloaded from HERE.
The Chairman of Estonian Centre of Architecture Raul Järg says that TAB is an international architecture biennale and therefore is also looking forward to proposals from international participants, although the theme should take into account the Estonian setting and address local architects as well as a wider architecture public. The biennale should not simply bring foreign architects to Estonia, but also contribute to the local scene.
TAB offers a various event programme to professionals in the field, students and everyone interested in architecture. Throughout the previous four biennales, the core of TAB has been the curatorial exhibition, symposium, and the Tallinn Vision Competition. The best examples from previous years are moments when the curatorial exhibition and the symposium complemented each other and interwove into an integral whole and that is accompanied by TAB Catalogue.
18 Mar 2018
Tallinn Architecture Biennale (TAB) Curatorial Competition
Join the Tallinn Architecture Biennale (TAB) Curatorial Competition 2019 Info Hour
Date: 27th of March
Time: 16:30-18:00 (GMT +2)
Place: Estonian Centre of Architecture event space in Kultuurikatel (Culture Hub), Põhja pst 27a, Tallinn
Those, who can‘t make it in person, we are doing LIVE BROADCASTand it will be streamed on Tallinn Architecture Biennale Facebook page on 27th of March at 16:30 – 18:00 (GMT +2).
Although the event will be in Estonian, all questions/comments will be translated into English after the event and shared under this event + uploaded on TAB and Estonian Centre of Architecture website.
Curatorial Competition Info Hour will take a dive into the previous Tallinn Architecture Biennales and discusses the future of TAB:
– Estonian Centre of Architecture director Raul Järg will introduce the Curatorial Competition brief
– Villem Tomiste, an architect, founder of TAB and TAB Head of Committee, will speak about previous TABs and the future perspectives of the biennale
– Tallinn City Architect Endrik Mänd introduces the possible topics for Tallinn Vision Competition. TAB Vision Competition has been a regular part of the biggest architecture event in the region since the Biennale was launched in 2011. The Vision Competition is organised in cooperation with Tallinn City and always focuses on an area of Tallinn in need of new ideas or development.
NB! Curatorial Competition entry must include a subject for TAB 2019 Tallinn Vision Competition.
TAB Curatorial Competition 2019 was launched on 14th of February by Estonian Centre of Architecture. The aim of the TAB 2019 curatorial competition is to find an innovative and responsive theme related to the context of Estonia and relevant in the contemporary world of architecture.
The deadline for developing the concept of the biennale and submitting the corresponding draft in writing is 4 pm (GMT+2) on 24 April 2018. TAB Curatorial Competition brief can be downloaded from TAB and Estonian Centre of Architecture website.
Tallinn Architecture Biennale is supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, the City of Tallinn and the Estonian Ministry of Culture.
19 Feb 2018
Tallinn Architecture Biennale, Estonia : TAB 2019
TALLINN ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE TAB 2019 IS LOOKING FOR A HEAD CURATOR
From Estonian Centre of Architecture:
Estonian Centre of Architecture announces the curatorial competition for the 5th international Tallinn Architecture Biennale (TAB) 2019.
The aim of the TAB 2019 curatorial competition is to find an innovative and responsive theme related to the context of Estonia and relevant in the contemporary world of architecture.
The Chairman of Estonian Centre of Architecture Raul Järg says that the previous biennales have explored the scenarios of future cities with self-driven cars and how to apply the converge of biotechnology and information technology to landscape and urban design and how it might change the architecture of the city.
The deadline for developing the concept of the biennale and submitting the corresponding draft in writing is 4 pm on 24 April 2018: TAB Curatorial Competition brief
TAB 2017 titled “bioTallinn”, curated by Claudia Pasquero (ecoLogicStudio), challenged the typical assumptions of what constitutes the boundaries between the natural and artificial realms. TAB 2015 “Self-Driven City”, curated by Marten Kaevats, explored the future cities with self-driven cars and TAB 2013 “Recycling Socialism”, curated by Aet Ader, Kadri Klementi, Karin Tõugu, Kaidi Õis, redefined the Soviet-era urban environment in Tallinn.
Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2017
18 Nov 2013
Tallinn Light Biennale
Unique Light Biennale opens in Tallinn this week
Dozens of light installations will shine in the heart of Tallinn from 24th November to 1st together with exhibitions and lighting workshops by international light artists at the first ever Tallinn Light Biennale.
The previous light festivals focused on light installations in the public space while the first biennale will add an international reach to the event by creating a meeting place for international lighting professionals who will lead workshops and present their artwork.
Tallinn Light Biennale:
picture from TAB
“We want to focus on how to make the lighting in public spaces – streets, parks, playgrounds – smart and sustainable, and how to use lighting to create positive emotions and an aesthetic urban space next to its role as creating safety,” explains Eva Tallo, director of the Light Biennale.
TAB 2013 curators:
picture from TAB
Matthieu Tercieux hosts a workshop of human mapping “You are here…Somewhere else” already prior to the biennale opening in the atrium of Viru Keskus shopping centre from 22nd November. The biennale opens with workshops and exhibitions in the heart of Tallinn on the 24th November.
Paul Friedlander’s works of kinetic lighting design will be presented in the former cinema Helios in the Old Town; Estonian light artists’ exhibition opens in the Architecture and Design Gallery (Toivo Raidmets, Leonardo Meigas, Raoul Kurvitz, Marit Ilison, Kiwa, Tarmo Luisk).
The main program from 29th November to 1st December lights up the installations by Ocubo (Portugal), I DID IT (Latvia), Matthieu Tercieux’ (France), Aleksandra Stratimirovic (Slovenia), MIM Project (Estonia) and Marko Crnobrja (Serbia) in and around Tallinn’s Old Town. The St Nicholas’ Church, Kanuti garden, Metro Plaza and Fat Margaret will be dressed in unusual lighting.
The festival program also includes guerrilla lighting that rebels against wasteful and missing lighting. “We want to show how much can be done with little resources using the amount of energy like a desktop computer,” says Eva Tallo. People are invited to join guided tours to the installations. On 29th November a lighting conference will be held at Helios cinema and the culmination of the biennale – the gala night with a music and light performance by Sven Grünberg and Kurt Laurenz.
Tickets for 35 Euros at Piletilevi.
Please find the updated program on the website www.lightbiennale.ee and FB
The biennale is organized by NGO Valgusklubi together with Valgusfestival. Supported by Enterprise Estonia, Estonian Culture Endowment, City of Tallinn, Nordlicht, Viru Keskus, Philips, Lumenpulse, Liviko and Eesti Energia, Adcash and French Institute in Estonia, cooperation with the Black Nights Film festival.
7 Sep 2013
TAB Vision Competition 2013
TAB Vision Competition winner is Dynamo
TAB 2013 Vision Competition awards were announced at a ceremony in Väike-Õismäe, the district of Tallinn that is the topic of the competition, on Saturday. The winning team of project Dynamo comes from Moscow Strelka Institute: Izabela Cichonska, Nathan de Groot, Lindsay Harkema and Ondrej Janku.
TAB Vision Competition winner – Dynamo:
picture from TAB
The TAB 2013 Vision Competition organised by the Estonian Architecture Centre and the City of Tallinn invited architects, landscape architects, urbanists, and university students in these fields to propose ideas and methods, with which to diversify Väike-Õismäe’s urban space and create an enjoyable living environment. The competition attracted 89 entries from all around the world, 86 of which were submitted on time.
TAB Vision Competition winner – Dynamo:
picture from TAB
The jury members Bjarke Ingels (BIG, Founding Partner), Endrik Mänd – (City of Tallinn, Chief Architect) and Inga Raukas – (Allianss Arhitektid, Founding Partner) made their decisions already in May.
TAB Vision Competition entry – Socialism-2.0:
picture from TAB
The second prize went to project Anamorfosis by Antonio Buonsante, Nicola Campri, Marco Taccagni, Merilin Jürimets and Giulia Ragnoli and the third prize to F23 by David Flynn Architects. The first place is awarded with 5000 euros, second 2000 euros and third 1000 euros.
TAB Vision Competition entry – F23:
picture from TAB
Special mention was made by the jury of the following entries: Animal District (NICE ARCHITECTS Ltd. Tomáš Žáček, Soňa Pohlová, Igor Žáček, Roman Janata, Marin Rariga, Filip Marčák, Jakub Slameň and Landscape architecture consultants: 2KA Ltd. Peter Pasečný, Ivana Pasečná), ColorSpray (Tuomas Martinsaari, Paul Thynell, Matti Wäre), K0EX15T (Sergio Bortolussi, Ludovico Centis, Giorgio De Vecchi, Giorgio Renzi, Marco Scapin, Giancarlo Zampirollo), A Collective Space (PRO TOTO Martti Kalliala), Panda J (Dian Sekartaji, Kana Sakamoto, Yan Jie) and The Point (Indrė Ruseckaitė, Aušra Černauskienė, Norbert Tukaj, Mindaugas Reklaitis).
TAB Vision Competition entry – URBAN-JUNGLE:
picture from TAB
Väike-Õismäe (Little Blossom Hill) is one of Tallinn’s three larger Soviet-era panel-apartment districts, which differs from the other similar areas by way of derived from the idea of a circle-city. The district is positioned circularly as a single, complete solution around a pond in the middle. On the one hand, Väike-Õismäe, its concentric plan which was recognised with a national award upon completion in the 1980s, is a clear underlying structure for further developments. On the other hand, this circle-based plan is also a limitation that gives the illusion of a functional whole, but where – similarly to other modernist apartment block areas – the environment and modern-day life are still searching for a common language.
The entries to the Vision Competition will be exhibited in Estonian Museum of Architecture from 11th to 30th September 2013.
4 Sep 2013
Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2013
TAB Tallinn Architecture Biennale
Tallinn Architecture Biennale starts today
Tallinn Architecture Biennale „Recycling Socialism“ kicks off today with tours, talks, openings and film night. The TAB 2013 highlights are the two-day Symposium, Curators’ Exhibition, International Architecture Schools Exhibition and Vision Competition for Väike-Õismäe that received 88 entries worldwide.
photo : Mari-Hunt
TAB 2013 Symposium takes place on 5-6 September in Kosmos cinema – itself a landmark of the Soviet modernist era. The speakers include Andres Kurg (EST), Łukasz Wojciechowski, VROA architekci (POL), Petra Čeferin (SLO), Olga Maria Hungar, raumlaborberlin (GER), Pier Vittorio Aureli, Dogma (IT) and Robert K. Huber, zukunftsgeraeusche (GER) who will look back at the era and into new utopias of the possible future solutions.
HydroLine – a concept for Tallinn’s coastline by IwamotoScott Architecture:
photo : IwamotoScott Architecture
TAB Curators’ Exhibition in the Sprat Tin Hall of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will open on Friday at 20.00. The hall has never been open to public before and is one of the highlight landmarks of the era together with the building – the former headquarter of the communist party.
Sprat Tin Hall:
photo courtesy of Photo Museum ; Kadri-Klementi
The International Architecture Schools Exhibition opens today at 20.00 in Tallinn’s former grand soviet concert hall Linnahall that has been closed to public since many years.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Estonia:
photo : Elina Kask
TAB film nights will present documentaries, short films and a legendary Estonian feature movie „Autumn Ball“ (Thurs. at 21) in Kosmos cinema.
TAB 2013 Symposium speakers:
picture from TAB
The Vision Competition results will be announced on Saturday in Väike-Õismäe – the city district that is the topic of the competition. From next week the competition entries will be exhibited in the Estonian Architecture Museum.
All TAB exhibitions remain open until 30th September. TAB partner hotel Tallink offers special discount of 25% to TAB guests until 30 September. Please quote TAB2013 when making your reservation.
Tallinn Architecture Biennale is curated by b210 architects Karin Tõugu, Kadri Klementi, Aet Ader and Kaidi Õis. TAB is organised by Estonian Centre of Architecture.
8 Sep 2011
Tallinn Architecture Biennale Estonia
Estonian Centre of Architecture and TAB Tallinn Architecture Biennale
TAB – TALLINN ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE
8 – 11 Sep 2011
Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2011
TAB Tallinn Architecture Biennale main exhibition “11FLIRTS” at Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn, opens during the Gala of TAB Tallinn Architecture Biennale on the 9th of September, and remains open until the 25th of September. “11FLIRTS” deals with experimental architecture and relates it to the context of an existing Baroque palace and art museum.
Martin Melioranski – Ingeri sild:
photo : Martin Melioranski
Curator Villem Tomiste:
“Architecture is used to be the background or backdrop for things created by man. Like the show pieces in a museum. But what if one inserts architecture in the gaps left by art? Architecture becomes an object and environment at the same time. This change in scale and relations gives the spectator tools to access the new understanding about the abilities of architecture.”
“London Without Bees: architecture to pollinate a wilting city” by Ben Kirk:
photo : Ben Kirk
Tallinn Architecture Biennale is a new international architecture forum that brings together theory and practice as well as young and experienced architects in order to arouse rich discussion upon the issues of architecture, urban planning and landscape. The first TAB concentrates on the hybrid issue of Landscape Urbanism.
HydroLine concept for coastline of Tallinn, design by IwamotoScott Architecture:
photo : IwamotoScott Architecture
TAB Tallinn Architecture Biennale comprises three main events: the symposium Landscape Urbanism (curator Katrin Koov), the TAB curator exhibition 11FLIRTS (curator Villem Tomiste) and the vision competition STREET 2020.
More about TAB : Tallinn Architecture Biennale – external link
Estonian Centre of Architecture www.arhitektuurikeskus.ee
New Estonian Architecture Exhibition – ‘BOOM/ROOM’, Moscow
New Estonian Architecture Exhibition
New Estonian Architecture Exhibition image / information from Estonian Centre of Architecture
Location: Tallinn, Estonia
Estonian Architecture Designs – chronological list
Academy of Arts, Tallinn
Architects: Mikou Design Studio
Tallinn New Academy of Arts
Tallinn City Hall
Tallinn City Hall
Estonian Architecture Competition : Vabaduse Square
Developments in countries close to Estonia
Comments / photos for the Tallinn Architecture Biennale Estonia page welcome